Oregon again set a record on Thursday for the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported in a single day.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,225 new confirmed of confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases and 20 new deaths.
Since the pandemic began, Oregon has recorded 60,873 cases of COVID-19 and 808 people have died.
“We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen.
New cases continue to surge as the state passed 800 deaths less than three weeks since marking the 700th death.
Allen said the latest numbers should convince doubters as to the seriousness of the virus.
“I have heard frequently from those who have refused to believe this pandemic is serious if we aren’t seeing hospitalizations and deaths,” he said. “Those hospitalizations and deaths are here and are only likely to go up. Please take this seriously and do what you can to slow the spread: Wash your hands, wear a mask and limit the number of people you come in close contact with.”
Allen said the freeze that Oregon began Wednesday is intended to lessen the spread of the virus.